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6 Gifts For Outdoorsmen

6 Gifts For Outdoorsmen

We all have at least one friend who would be happy being outside all day, every day—regardless of the weather. For the rugged outdoorsman who usually shuns newfangled technology and gizmos, there are still some awesome gadgets out there that add to the wilderness experience while not being considered cheating. If you’ve ever had trouble thinking of the perfect gift for someone who would be content to venture into the woods with just the clothes on their back, check out some of the following.

Pocket Knife

If you’re about to go on an outdoor adventure without a pocket knife handy, you’re doing it wrong. Whether your friend enjoys fishing, hunting, or camping, there are a variety of pocket knives available that will serve many different purposes throughout their day. A pocket knife can be used for protection from wild animals, to cut through brambles, or to prepare first aid bandages if necessary. Make sure your outdoorsy pal is well-prepared for their next excursion.

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Sportsman Accessories

Though they can be found outside at any time of the year, your friend likely has one outdoor hobby that they tend to favor. You may want to get your hunting friend a scope for their rifle, hunting glasses, or a clay throwing set for target practice during the offseason. Your fishing buddy, believe it or not, would likely be content receiving the basics: hooks, lines, sinkers, and lures. Just make sure you know exactly what type to get—fishermen are particular like that.

Compass

I know, I know—most cell phones have a compass built into them nowadays. But so much can go wrong when relying on cell phones. With a steady, non-battery-reliant compass, you can be sure your outdoorsy friend will always know which direction they’re headed. They won’t have to fumble with their phone while wearing gloves, and can clip the compass right to their belt loop. And, if it’s raining or snowing, they won’t have to risk the safety of their electronics to figure out which way to go. Sometimes, simpler is better.

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Refreshment Accessories

Anyone who spends more than a couple hours in the woods is going to need some refreshment at some point. For the camper who loves waking up in the middle of nowhere, but still needs their morning cup of coffee, there’s the Aeropress coffee maker. All they’ll need is ground coffee beans, hot water, and an insulated mug, and they’ve got it made.

For those who choose not to rely on store-bought water while out in the woods, you should at least make sure they have a Lifestraw with them. This portable filter makes water from any source drinkable, regardless of how murky it is. It’s a necessary gadget for anyone entering the woods; you can never be too safe when it comes to staying hydrated.

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Clothing

Like I said before, some people prefer to head into the woods with only the clothes on their backs. You can at least make sure the clothes they have will protect them from the elements, especially in the winter. Heavy duty hiking boots will keep their feet nice and warm, and protect them from ticks and other disease-carrying bugs. Flannel shirts and flannel-lined jeans might seem a little cumbersome, but will be an absolute necessity after spending a few hours in the cold. If you’re buying them gloves, make sure they’re Gore-Tex—waterproof, weather-proof, and durable.

Rest and Relaxation

Outdoorsmen may be active, but they also use the woods to relax as well. A durable, hangable hammock will give your pal a chance to recharge in peace before they head back to the real world for the week. If you know they’d rather spend a week camping than in a beach house in the summer, you could give them some camping chairs or sleeping bags that will stand the test of time and weather. Give the gift of R&R to a buddy, and you’ll have a friend for life.

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Featured photo credit: Quiet Fishermanm, Lake Alpine, California / Moonjazz via farm5.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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